All-Female Spacewalk Makes History — Finally : Short Wave NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the first all-female spacewalk last week. The historic moment came 35 years after Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to spacewalk. We hear from Koch, Meir, and Sullivan. And former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan tells us why she says this moment is long overdue. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

Finally, An All-Female Spacewalk

Finally, An All-Female Spacewalk

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Astronauts Christina Koch (right) and Jessica Meir pose on the International Space Station. The two completed the first all-female spacewalk. NASA via AP hide caption

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Astronauts Christina Koch (right) and Jessica Meir pose on the International Space Station. The two completed the first all-female spacewalk.

NASA via AP

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the first all-female spacewalk last week. The historic moment came 35 years after Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to spacewalk. We hear from Koch, Meir, and Sullivan. Former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan also tells us why she says this moment is long overdue. Follow Maddie on Twitter @maddie_sofia.

Kathryn Sullivan is author of the new book, Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention.

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"When It Comes to the Spacewalk, Size Matters," by Nell Greenfieldboyce

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le and Geoff Brumfiel.